Soloist and recording artist Adam Unsworth is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a performer he is dedicated to commissioning and performing works of living composers, with a goal of expanding repertoire and redefining the boundaries of the horn.

His new CD release, Snapshots, on Equilibrium Records, is a compilation of previously unrecorded music, much of which Adam commissioned since starting at Michigan in 2007. Currently he is anticipating the release of Balance, a jazz recording for horn, jazz quintet, and chamber orchestra, which features arrangements of his original compositions.

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Balance

© 2013 Adam Unsworth

Tracks

1. Balance (6:57) -Adam Unsworth
2. Flow (10:32) -Adam Unsworth
3. Bittersweet (7:06) -Byron Olsen
4. Tilt (10:57) -Adam Unsworth
5. Blues Nocturne (5:27) -Byron Olsen
6. Michele (4:06) -Byron Olsen
7. One Last Fling (6:41) -Byron Olsen
8. Find Your Way (6:34) -Adam Unsworth

Adam Unsworth

  horn
John Vanore
  trumpet
Bob Mallach
  tenor saxophone
Bill Mays
  piano
Mike Richmond
  bass
Danny Gottlieb
  drums

Reviews for Balance

A perfect album that's driven to charm and impress.
Marc Myers - JazzWax

Balance is one of those elegant creations that, like the Gershwin catalogue and modern classical music harking back to Romantic days, is neither fish nor fowl but an evolution too infrequently seen in jazz—as, despite the omnipresent intelligent orchestral presence, this is jazz.
Marc Tucker - Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

This is an utterly pleasing and satisfying date of timeless, contemporary jazz that hits the target with such amazing precision you almost can’t believe it. Killer stuff.
Chris Spector - Midwest Record

 

Credits

Arranged and Conducted by Byron Olsen (except Tilt, arranged by Adam Unsworth)

Produced and Mixed by John Vanore

Recorded May 2009 Bennett Studios, June 2009 Philadelphia, October 2011 Avatar Studios
Avatar Session recorded by Roy Hendrickson

 

Philadephia Session

Viola
Che-Hung Chen
Kerri Ryan
Burchard Tang

Cello
Efe Balticigil
Yumi Kendall

Bass
Harold Robinson

Flute/Alto flute
David Cramer

Clarinet/Bass clarinet
Paul Demers

New York Session

Violin
Richard Amoroso--solo
Antoine Silverman

Viola
Richard Brice

Cello
Allison Seidner

Bass
David Kuhn

Flute
Pamela Sklar

Oboe English horn
Charles Pillow

Clarinet
Jeff Nichols

Bassoon
Kim Laskowski

Vibraphone
Bill Hayes

Mastered at Acoustical Concepts
Cover concept by Austin Unsworth
Graphic design by Michele Fairley

Acoustical Concepts Records